by EricSF on Aug 10, 2009 Vehicle: 1998 Audi A8 4dr Sedan
I've owned two A8s. One I bought new when the L version first came out in 2000 or 2001. It was a lemon so I sued Audi and got all my money back. I loved driving the car and thought this was an exception so I bought a precertified 1998 A8. Since then I have replaced millions of things. From the transmission (died at 86K) all the engine seals, all the suspension parts, oil cooler twice, fan, heater core (expensive!) etc. I still drive the car since I like it and it is cheaper than buying a new one since I don't like the current body style. I don't have a high opinion of build quality, but it is a great car and gas mileage is pretty good. Use the tiptronic for freeway driving 20% better economy.
by gail on May 26, 2009 Vehicle: 1998 Audi A8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD
Love my A8. It now has 180,000 miles and going strong, great on highway. Have kept up with maintenance schedule and it still runs and looks like new but my kids said to sell it for a new one as I have had the same car for 10 yrs. I will be buying another Audi.
by STEFAN SMIT on May 20, 2008 Vehicle: 1998 Audi A8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD
After owning numerous BMW's and driving a lot more other cars in the past twelve years, this car is a revelation. I never thought that an Audi will give me so much driving pleasure plus doing it in utmost comfort and style. It is certainly a very beautiful car.
by Lambillotte on Apr 5, 2007 Vehicle: 1998 Audi A8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD
Well built and high roadability particularly in northern climates where the quattro really helps. Hardly any minor defects. Excellent fit and finish. Only drawback was that at 150,000 miles had several expensive repairs that were not routine maintenance including failure of the power windows, pulley bearing failures and computer controls failure.
by Steve on Dec 22, 2006 Vehicle: 1998 Audi A8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD
Yes I did buy a used A8 with 85k miles and started with tires, checkup, belts- waterpump-timing chains with my Audi machanic of 15 years. I started to drive 100+ miles daily and never stopped. This car needs to drive to stay fit and clean. If you do a lot of short trips and cannot open this beauty up on the highway then this is not the car for you. I now have 122k on my second year and other than a few pesky oil or water drips from the water pump side of the engine, the car is a 10. I drive fast (80-90+) when on the highway but city driving is also just fine. Good mileage in the 20-23 mpg depending on speed but the all around average is 21.
by norwind on Aug 22, 2004 Vehicle: 1998 Audi A8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD
Safety issues are my main complaints. An
accident when I was run off the road
into a 4'deep drainage ditch. $30,000s
worth of damage and the passengers
airbag fired with no passenger in the
vehicle or anything on the passengers
seat. Audi claims this is "normal" I do
not think so a smart interlocked air bag
is not a maybe situation. The external
vision has far too many blind spots from
tiny mirrors, large A and C pillers. In
addition the rear seat head bolsters
occupy about 30% of the usable
visability when looking to the rear
while backing up. The most important
part of the rear window is the mid point
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